In 1939 the nation’s leading diner manufacturer, the Jerry O’Mahony Co. of Elizabeth,
New Jersey, rolled out of its factory diner number #1107 which it touted as its largest
deluxe model complete with chrome glass showcased green Italian Marble countertops, Tiffany
glass clerestory windows in a monitor style roof and hand laid quarry tiled flooring. The
company showcased its creation in the 1939 New York World’s fair.
After the Fair, diner aficionado Al McDermott purchased the streamlined-styled Art-Deco
diner and had it towed to Fall River, Mass. where it operated with great success for 14
years. His moniker was “Justly Famous since 1939”. Looking to serve more customers in Fall
River, Al Mac purchased a larger Deraffle diner in 1953 where it still operates today.
The O’Mahony was sold that year to a Greek immigrant, Tommy Borodemus, who was looking to
expand out of his 15 stool 1936 Worchester lunch wagon which he had purchased with the
$600.00 New Deal bonus offered to WWI veterans by FDR to counteract the effects of the
great depression. Borodemus had the diner moved to the nearby seaside town of Middletown,
R.I and renamed it “Tommy’s Deluxe Diner”.